Upperchurch Drombane lies in the heart of the Slieve Felim Hills where the earliest and majority of the archaeological sites of Tipperary are to be found. The earliest archaeological sites in the Upperchurch area date back to early bronze age – 2000BC or earlier and some to the earlier Neolithic period. The sites include Wedge tombs, Cist graves, Barrows, Standing Stones and Fulacht Fias.
Wedge tombs consist of wedge shaped stone structures containing chambers increasing in width and height and generally face in a south west direction. Graniera and Knockcurraghbola Commons are two of these types of archaeological sites to be found in Upperchurch.
Ring Barrows consist of low circular earthen bank enclosed by fosse. They were generally used for cremated burials and come in different varieties such as ring-barrows, bowl barrows, mound barrows and pond barrows. Their diameter rarely exceeded 20 metres and they usually contain cremations or cist graves.
It is difficult to estimate the age of standing stones , however, many in the Upperchurch locality are situated in or near bronze age monuments. Stone alignments with two or more stones also exist and have varying sizes and shapes.
Ring Forts consist of circular earthen banks surrounded by external fosse. The area enclosed by the bank was a habitational area. These date generally to the second half of the first millennium AD and lasted for a couple of hundred years but there is increasing evidence of earlier construction.
Guided Tours of Holycross Abbey, Thurles available every Wednesday and Sunday
at 2.00 pm commencing at the Cloister.
Requests outside of these scheduled times can also be provided by contacting
Tel: 086-1665869, E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.holycrossballycahill.com
School Tour Groups Welcome Tours tailored to your Schedule
Occasional religious ceremonies may alter tour availability
Lár na Páirce GAA Museum
Following latest renovations Lár na Páirce GAA Museum will again welcome tours on a regular basis. Visiting groups can choose to explore the collection on their own or be guided by one of the expert tour guides on hand. Throughout the year, a range of special offers will be made available to visiting groups; e.g. primary and secondary schools, bus tours, active retirement group, GAA clubs, etc.
There are true-to-life exhibitions on Hurling, Gaelic Football, Handball, Camogie, Hurley Making, Sports Broadcasting, and of course the rare Sam Melbourne Collection of GAA memorabilia, latter worthy of viewing solely in its own right.
The newly vamped museum will now be open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am – 5.30 pm, so do come and follow the path of Irish Sporting Legends and learn about the history and development of Hurling and Gaelic Football, from the myth and legend right through to modern times.
You can call to book your group for a tour of this amazing facility by Telephoning 0504-22702
Take a tour of Cabragh Wetlands
1. Walk around Wetlands. Look at value of wetlands, how they work, and key species of plants, insects, etc. Pond dipping.
2. Hedgerow Walk. Basic identification of some trees and plants. Consider “layers” within hedgerow, with ground plants, climbers, canopy, etc. Strategies for plant survival.
3. In the Hide. Look from window to identify and define different habitats. Use stuffed birds and mammals to show how each species is adapted to live in a particular habitat. Consider feet, beaks, wings, claws, sight, hearing, smell, touch, etc.
(A) General introduction; focus on what using your senses to engage with nature and life as an interconnected web.
(B) Split into three groups with a maximum of 10-15 people. All groups do three activities (30-35 minutes each)
(C) Children should arrive equipped with wellies and clothes appropriate for outdoor activities
(time permitting) with an orienteering exercise.
Follow-up visits might focus on different seasons and habitat. Grassmeadow, pond, reedbed, woodland, etc.
Differentiated worksheets are being developed to give challenging and focused wet weather programmes.
Contact Adam Tozer at Cabragh Wetlands on: – 086-3179919
Farney Castle Visitor Centre, Holycross, Thurles
Tours of the Castle Daily
Knitwear & Porcelain Designed by Cyril Cullen.
The Knitwear and Porcelain Shop at Farney Castle offers the visitor a unique medieval shopping
experience as recommended by Michelin Green Guide….. Distinctive Irish Knitwear including sweaters, jackets, coats and accessories;
Fine Parian/Porcelain figurines and ornaments; all handmade in Tipperary
Tel: 00353 (0) 504 43281
Open Monday to Saturday
Coach Tours Welcome
- Holycross Abbey A 12th century Cistercian Abbey (which was restored in 1973) near Thurles, Co Tipperary is one of Ireland’s National Monuments.Guided tours available. Mass and other holy events are celebrated there regularly. www.holycrossabbey.ie
- The Bru Boru Cultural Centre
The ‘Sounds of History’ exhibition in Cashel tells the story of Ireland’s song and dance from ancient times to the present day. The centre has a theatre with frequent performances, banquets, an informal Teach Cheoil, a fully computerised genealogical service and a craft shop. Well worth a visit. Tel 062 61122
- Cashel Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Office
The heritage museum houses a replica of how the town would have looked in the 1640s as well as a series of changing exhibitions. Tel: 062 62511. www.cashel.ie
- Cashel Folk Village
A delightful series of informal reconstructions of various traditional thatched village shops, houses, and other businesses. Tel: 062 63601
- The Rock of Cashel
A spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale including the 12th century Round Tower, High Cross and Romanesque Chapel, 13th century Gothic cathedral, 15th century castle and the restored Hall of the Vicars.
Telephone: 062 61437
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.heritageireland.ie
- The Source Arts Centre
A year round programme of events from music, dance, ballet, film, children’s events and visual arts. Tel: 0504 90204. www.thesourceartscentre.ie
- Pallas Hill Open Farm
Variety of farm animals, adventure playground, picnic areas, farm museum, play park, activity huts. Open Easter Sunday to first Sunday in September. Contact Ella & Bill Darcy on 087 2909688 – The Ragg, Thurles
- Fairy Fort Farm
Indoor play area, feed the animals, Fairy Fort (make wishes), swearing stone, kids play area, bouncy castle, obstacle course, picnic area, shop, ice creams, tea and scones, farm walks. www.fairyfortfarm.com email info@ fairyfortfarm.com phone 086 4021659 Summerhill, Borrisoleigh
“We love to cater for primary schools whether it is for a full day or for a few hours. Check out the brochure for details of our primary school and other local attractions that cater for these groups.”
EQUESTRIAN & GREYHOUND
- Horse Racing
As the home of some of the world’s most famous racehorses and the base for many of Ireland’s most experienced jockeys and trainers, the equestrian world is a serious business in these parts. A day at the races in Tipperary – sport and fun guaranteed! For more information regarding fixtures and events,
Thurles Races: Tel 0504 22253. Website www.thurlesraces.ie
Clonmel Races: Tel 052 6188508. Website www.clonmelraces.ie
Tipperary Races: Tel 062 51357. Website www.tipperaryraces.ie
- Greyhound Racing
For a great night out with a difference why not try a night at the dogs and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The atmosphere, the food, the flutter, the craic and of course the top class racing – they all combine to make you want to come back again and again.
Thurles Greyhound Stadium Tel: 0504 21003
Irish Greyhound Board Website: www.igb.ie
MAKING A SPLASH
Even though we are an inland county, Tipperary has a long tradition in water sports and the provision of water sports facilities. Situated beside Lough Derg, one of Ireland’s largest lakes and in close proximity to the River Shannon, there is a wide range of water sports and angling options. Things to do around the lake include canoeing, sailing, kayaking, swimming, waterskiing, cruising and more.